Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Sociology, Florida State University, 2005
M.S., Sociology, Florida State University, 2000
B.S., Sociology, College of Charleston, 1996
Interests: Work/Family, Gender and Work, Youth and the Life Course
Professor Baird is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She earned her doctorate in sociology from Florida State University. Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of youth and the life course, gender inequality, work and family, and social policy on gender, work and families. Undergirding these research areas are the common questions: What are the social-psychological and social-structural forces that hinder or enhance peoples' ability to attain their goals, particularly workforce, educational, and family-formation goals? What are the mental health and material consequences of unmet goals? How do social-psychological and social-structural forces influence people's support for social policy? Her work appears in American Sociological Review, The Sociological Quarterly, Sex Roles, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and Sociology Compass.